Arica Coleman: On this first anniversary of the Emanuel A.M.E. tragedy, let us honor the victims and their loved ones by remembering their acts of kindness shown to one who proved himself to be so undeserving.`
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Sam Davis: The obvious solution is that we must keep people on the verge from becoming homeless, because once on the streets they experience a dehumanizing and costly downward spiral.
David Bacon: On June 2 the State Assembly failed to pass a bill that would give farm workers the same overtime pay that workers in urban areas have had since the 1930s. The vote also makes clear that past certainties are certain no longer.
Carl Matthes: We know that in America today, too many have not yet learned that hate, fear of others and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation is not conquered from the barrel of a gun.
These men and women at the Heroin Anonymous event are testaments to cracking that snake in half, and throwing away the allure and the mighty erotic and attractive moment of the fix hitting all those dopamine-serotonin cylinders all at once.
Peter Laarman: I mean no disrespect to anyone else’s idea of “church” to say that the gay dance club was a kind of church for me and for thousands, millions, like me. The club was a place of grace.
Paul Haeder: What we have is emptiness in America – the public spaces no longer public, barricaded against the struggle that is displacement, and no place to live or stay.
Larry Wines: Meanwhile, we see fellow Americans who instinctively know how to respond: with help. They are making donations of desperately needed blood for victims. Long lines are already zigzagging outside hospitals in Orlando.
Hannah Petrie: We now have a “faithful 8” of trainees, a diverse group of community members including the Walkers (and their daughter Nicole) who will soon be able to facilitate inter-generational councils in our community, welcoming anyone ten years and older affected by gang affiliation.
Carl Matthes: President Obama is a key figure battling for the civil rights of transgender students in public schools with his administration issuing federal guidelines.
Robert Borosage: The official unemployment rate declined dramatically to 4.7 percent, recording not new hiring but new discouragement.
Diana González: The need for inclusive paid sick leave legislation everywhere in the nation is clear. Nearly 43 million workers in the U.S. – about 38% of working people – do not get paid sick time.
Berry Craig: The odds of getting rid of NAFTA—or successfully renegotiating the trade pact—would be better under Hillary Clinton, Trump’s almost certain Democratic foe—or Bernie Sanders should he somehow edge Clinton at the finish line.